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56 Up

Premiere Date: October 14, 2013

'56 Up' in Context


George W. Bush, president of the United States, Tony Blair, prime minister of England and Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq, dominated the news in 2006. The war in Iraq, supported by the United States and by Britain, continued on, and Hussein, who had been captured and deposed in 2003, was executed in December 2006. In sports, French captain and soccer icon Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the final minutes of the World Cup championship match, while top athletes such as cyclist Floyd Landis and baseball player Barry Bonds were questioned about their use of performance-enhancing drugs. The Queen, an English film dramatizing the real-life events that transpired after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, won accolades in Britain and in the United States and the American television show CSI: Miami was the most-watched show in the United Kingdom.

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